Archive for December 18, 2023

Jimmy Lai at a Hong Kong protest.?w=200&h=150

By Daniel Payne

Trial begins for Jimmy Lai, Hong Kong Catholic activist imprisoned for 3 years

Lai was originally arrested in August 2020 under that year’s controversial national security law, which was passed by China’s communist-controlled... Read more

Holy Family Catholic Church in Gaza at Christmas 2021.?w=200&h=150

By Matthew Santucci

IDF denies responsibility for killing of Palestinian Christians at Gaza church

The Israel Defense Forces has denied culpability over the deaths of two Christian Palestinian women who were reportedly killed at... Read more

Archbishop Timothy Broglio, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, speaks at the USCCB fall plenary assembly Nov. 14, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Peter Pinedo

U.S. bishops renew call for peace after Christian women reportedly killed in Gaza Church

The U.S. bishops over the weekend renewed their call for peace in the Holy Land amid reports on Saturday that... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.?w=200&h=150

By Jonathan Liedl

Vatican says priests can bless same-sex couples without condoning their lifestyles

Nonliturgical blessings can be a sign of a person seeking God, not a validation of their lifestyle, the new document... Read more


By Joe Bukuras

New York bill would bar Chick-fil-A from major highway over Sunday closures

A proposed bill in New York state would require Chick-fil-A to leave a major highway system unless it opened on... Read more

Roman Catholic Church of Holy Family in Gaza City.?w=200&h=150

By Eduardo Berdejo

Nahida and Samar: Mother and daughter killed in attack on Gaza parish

Vatican News reported Dec. 16 that Samar Anton was killed while she was trying to help her mother, Nahida Anton,... Read more

Hong Kong media tycoon and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai.?w=200&h=150

By Tyler Arnold

Congressional commission urges sanctions if Hong Kong won’t release Jimmy Lai

Jimmy Lai, now 76, has been imprisoned for three years in a maximum security prison, charged with a variety of... Read more

St. Januarius and the miracle of the liquefaction of his blood contained in a relic.?w=200&h=150

By Eduardo Berdejo

St. Januarius’ blood miraculously liquifies again in Naples

The Archdiocese of Naples, Italy, announced that the miracle of the liquefaction of the blood of St. Januarius was repeated... Read more

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops meets for its fall plenary assembly meeting Nov. 14, 2023, in Baltimore.?w=200&h=150

By Tyler Arnold

U.S. bishops: Vatican declaration does not change Church teaching on marriage 

The Vatican’s new guidance on pastoral blessings prompted a clarifying statement as well as mixed reactions. Read more